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Muscle cars have been always attracting devotees of speed and performance. The Firebird, designed by one of the most renowned GM’s divisions, is undoubtedly an iconic vehicle. Throughout a prominent 35-years’ history it has undergone several major and dozens of minor updates. Still, Pontiac’s key features remained unchanged. What kind of legacy did this muscle car leave for the market? Let’s review Pontiac Firebird of the latest generation (1993-2002).
The Firebird of the 4th generation has outlived several vital updates which affected bodywork, interior and underhood. The major improvement, as distinct from the previous model years, was made in the styling. It has been given more aerodynamic features. Pontiac decided in favor of preserving the retractable headlamps which were the most recognizable zests of the model.
The latest Pontiac Firebird was available in two body versions: coupe & convertible. The first one came equipped with a removable roof panel, while the other one – with a power rooftop and a glass rear window. Both versions were made of composite materials (famous for anti-corrosion properties) & featured dual-port grille; the combination gave the car a truly sporty facelift. Moreover, the vehicles used 16-inch aluminum tires and independent front suspension.
With respect to the interior, the 4-seater base version couldn’t boast plenty of room or utmost comfort. Some consumer reviews point out that the cloth-upholstered seats are mounted too low to the ground, making it difficult to go in and out of the car. The backseats can be folded for the shipping convenience. Hence, with the backrests folded the trunk offers 33.7 cubic feet space; with the seats up only 12.9 c.f. space is available. The cockpit is not differentiated by any innovations; it’s all about standard list of gauges.
In addition, the base Firebird comes with cruise control system, standard air conditioning, automatic headlights, and theft-deterrent assist, whereas the convertible version boasts power windows, leather steering wheel, multi-function driver’s seat, Monsoon stereo system.
To continue with Pontiac Firebird review, it’s vital to mention that various trims of the model were equipped with different under-the-hood contents during the 1993-2002 model years. The powertrain is paired with the rear-wheel drive and 4/5/6 manual or automatic transmissions.
Here’s a comprehensive list of engines available for the Firebird.
1. 2-door convertibles featured:
- 3.4-liter V6 engine, rated 3352 cm3 and 162 horsepower;
- 3.4-liter V6, rated 3353 cm3 and 148 horsepower;
- 3.8-liter V6, rated 3791 cm3 and 208 horsepower;
- 5.7-liter V8 engine, rated 5733 cm3 and 279 horsepower,
- 5.7-liter V8, rated 5670 cm3 and 314 horsepower,
- 5.7-liter V8, rated 5670 cm3 and 330 horsepower.
2. 3-door coupes featured:
- 3.4-liter V6 engine, rated 3353 cm3 and 148 horsepower;
- 3.8-liter V6, rated 3791 cm3 and 203 horsepower;
- 5.7-liter V8 engine, rated 5665 cm3 and 314 horsepower;
- 5.7-liter V8, rated 5665 cm3 and 329 horsepower.
Firebird Special Editions
The model was so popular among muscle car and racing fans that the manufacturer had no other option than introducing several Firebird’s modifications. The first edition, the Firehawk, was designed by SLP Engineering, Inc. The car featured 17-inch wheels, a twin-inlet hood and an air cleaner box. It could demonstrate 300 horsepower & 445 nm of torque (in 2001 the powertrain was substituted by a more powerful solution with 330 horsepower). The Firehawk came in Formula and Trans AM trims.
The Trans Am GT edition offered T-top & hardtop body styles, manual or automatic transmissions, 155-mph speedometer, T43 spoiler. The 25th-anniversary Trans Am version came with 16-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and purely white paintwork. The 30th-anniversary Trans Am Firebird was offered in WS6 convertible as well as WS6 T-top coupe body versions; both boasted 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats and door finish.
Finally, the 2002 Collector’s Edition Trans Am came in two body styles too with yellow paintwork, two black stripes from the hood to the tail, 17-inch alloy wheels & black-painted body details.
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